Blog 17

In history class, we are currently learning about the Great Depression, and the incompetence of Hoover.  So at this time, Hoover enforced a hands off type government, as in he didn’t develop a strong government, which aided the suffering of the people.Don’t worry, I’m getting to the point. Without the governments help, the people struggled and until FDR came in and introduced the New Deal, which provided government help for the people. I think a strong government is helpful, of course, maybe a government smothering all aspects of life could be detrimental to each individual. A government should provide help and structure as a whole, which extends to the individual. In the world, there have been so many different types of governments ranging between dictatorships to anarchy. So what works best? There is no answer. Each individual has different needs and different opinions. Some feel one person being in charge such as a monarchy, someone who they associate with god, is the right way to go. They feel safe with one mind controlling what happens. Others want a more open government, a type of government where everyone has equal political power, such as an isocracy. Some want no government at all, they want anarchy, everyone meets their own needs and demands and there are no laws in which to live by. There are some that fall onto medium grounds, like a democracy, where everyone votes for one person to be in charge. Personally, I think everyone should be equal, we should all share and work together with the belief that everyone and everything matters. Not really communism, or socialism, but maybe democratic socialism. A protest that breaks laws, but is structured and organized as to not harm any individual or system is very effective. Peacefully demonstrating your beliefs and or voicing your beliefs, though doing it in such a fashion that it draws attention yet doesn’t harm anyone. This is the type of protest that has created movements throughout history. Today you can find protests and rallies all over the place. Although when rules are being broken, such as civil disobedience, it can effectively bring a debate or belief forward. If one is willing to break rules yet be civil enough to not harm anything in the name of their belief, a sort of moral standing is developed, one that gains respect of others and possibly convinces them to have a similar mindset as yourself. Sometimes you must break a few rules to get your point across, but you do not have to fall into anarchy.

 

Forget society, be one with Nature- Blog 16

Thoreau’s writing style is a stark contrast to Emerson’s writing. The topic’s they write about are in the realm of Transcendentalism, although they bring these ideas into their writing through different methods. Emerson and Thoreau both think of Nature as ultimate and a place where everything is equal and simple. They also both think the writer of your story is you. They one who determines our lives is ourselves, and we must count on ourselves and no one else to achieve absolute. The first half of the excerpt is simplicity. Live life using only the bare essentials and cut out all other unnecessary things that clutter true happiness. The second half of the excerpt, or the conclusion, is about Thoreau drawing conclusions from what he did in the woods and how he lived, to what he learned. I think a major benefit of living in the woods is truly appreciating what the world has to offer and not taking little things for granted. You could find use in the smallest things that you once overlooked. You could get back to nature and connect with the earth in ways you never did before. You would learn to cherish the earth and nature and the animals and the land. I would miss my family and my friends and especially my dog. I would also miss indoor bathrooms, running water, funny cat videos and the ease of modern life.  Honestly, you never know what kind of person you are, or what you would do in a specific situation until you’re faced with it. I could say I’d be able to leave behind society to live in the woods for two years, maybe  for the reason of evading taxes… but until I am faced with the decision to throw society to the wind, I can’t really say. I would like to think I could. Nature is beautiful and I’ve always loved the woods, although, it could prove too difficult for me to sustain living in the woods, but it does sound very appealing. Hopefully someone today would read a transcendentalist work and realize that we, human kind, are not above anything else in this world. We are one, we are Nature, and we should see the beauty in it, and see it as our equal. And also, be able to recognize that we should rely on ourselves, not other people to find our way.

 

 

No wonder you’re not a math teacher… Blog 14, again.

A long, long time ago, in a land, far, far away, a man whose name I shall not say, created accelerated reader. And thus started the decline of adolescent happiness. On one hand, the introduction of graded reading could open children’s small minds to a world outside of this little box of reality that society allows. On the other hand, children may decide they hate reading because it’s been forced down their throats. And after school, may actively avoid cracking open a book longer than a few chapters, in fear of reliving the horrible pain inflicted on then during their childhood. Although, in my own opinion, I truly love reading. Except I found my love of reading outside the crushing walls of classrooms, and away from the droning voices of teachers. The overall concept of reading being instilled in schools is not crazy, in fact, I think it’s wonderful and helpful to children. Not only does it help you, the reader, become a stronger writer yourself, but it also gives insight into other opinions, and topics you may never have thought about. The book I chose for independent reading is called Even The Darkest Stars. I chose this book, wait for it… by the cover. No, actually, the title drew me in, mostly because I love astronomy. When I read the title, I thought it would be a very interesting book to read, and it was different from other books I have read, which is always nice. Okay, so I have already read well over half the book, so give me a moment while I reread the first chapter. So after reading the first chapter, I was really intrigued by the setting developed. The entire book is set in a fantasy world where there are dragons, and magic, and mythical creatures. I thought that the main character would try to meet the royal explorer and make a fool of herself. Which, inevitably happened. I really love how this book is different to anything I have read prior. I am not really sure how I will add in all the events and elements that are in this book. The amount of special effects that would have to go into a trailer is outrageous. Though I will try my best.

 

Good, or just resisting the urge to be bad; Blog 14

 

I think transcendentalism is a very interesting belief. With this belief, everyone is connected, and everything is connected. We are just a small part to a whole. I personally believe that everyone and everything is connected and a piece of something larger. Are we each a small part of god? I’m not sure, but each of us has a role in life, whether each person’s destiny is mapped out or not. Both “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” resonated with me. Each in their own respected ways, but both none the less. Now on the subject of humanity as a whole being naturally good or evil. It’s a concept many people have struggled to find an answer for. There’s not one answer that can be applied to humanity, as each person is different in many ways. On one hand, many believe we are born good. Although, there are children who are “evil”. Some are psychopaths, and destructive, and violent, and malicious. But before we explore this topic, we should break down what “good” and “evil” really mean. Someone who is “good” may be kind, and helpful, and have humility, and integrity. There actions have good intentions, and help people just to help them, because they want to. Now someone who is “evil” may hurt people because they want to, their intentions are bad. Also, we can’t separate people with

   

these labels just by looking at their actions, because someone who does a good thing might have done it for the wrong reasons, and vice versa. The concepts of “good”, and “evil”, come down to intentions. So what are humans intentions? Well, it differs from person to person. One person may have pure intention, another may have malicious intentions. Humanity as a whole can not be labeled as either “good” or “evil, because each person is different. An obvious example of this is war. When we think of war, we think bad, which is true. War itself is bad. So is everyone participating in a war bad? No. Most people in a war are fighting for their country, their freedom, their beliefs. That’s not bad. They are fighting for their families and those who can’t fight for themselves. So war is bad, but the people aren’t necessarily “evil”. Humanity as a whole is just a collective of billions of individuals, therefore, one cannot say it’s good, or evil, it just is. Each individual may be good, or evil, but Humanity cannot be. And on that note, each person has the potential to be both good, and evil. Each individual is a mix of both, they can be “good” sometimes, an “evil” other times. Good and evil are both very vague concepts, and trying to label something as either one or the other is foolish. Does anything purely “good”, or “evil” actually exist? Or is everything just a collective of positive and negative events and intentions?